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Results Based Management

Results Based Management is a rationalized working approach widely used among development partners in international collaboration, and is currently being used to track progress achieved towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. 


This approach has a long history. Development actors, such as UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) and government authorities have committed themselves to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

In order to meet these goals, National Government agencies have developed targets and indicators to measure their contributions to these SDG’s. Individual development agencies now use Results Based Management approaches as their standard way of working.

During the 90's, years before the Millennium Development Goals were adopted (2000) most agencies had just adopted the use of “logical frameworks” as a tool for sustainable project and programme planning, indicator development, designing monitoring systems and organising for independent evaluations. The Logical Frameworking / Results Based Management tool has proven very useful for project management purposes but failed to provide an overall understanding of the impact these projects were generating in society. Development partners also started to conduct in-depth Situation and Context Analysis, and Stakeholder analysis.

Over the years, new additional tools have entered the development arena to enrich the quality of results based management. In particular the development actors needed these new tools to get a clearer understanding of the impacts that were created by their activities, projects and programs. The most prominent new approaches are Theory of Change, Outcome Mapping, and Impact Evaluation..

QOEN Consulting supports development actors with technical advice on any of these tools. This helps agencies to develop a clear understanding of the development and sector context, and as such helps agencies to make informed decisions on the projects, programs and initiatives.

Logical or Results Framework

The Logical or Results Framework approach helps your agency with the planning of a project, program or initiative. It helps you think through and plan the activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts of a project. The tool supports you with the formulation of a risk management strategy, the development of indicators, and the design of a monitoring system, and data collection methods.


Situation and Context Analysis

QOEN Consulting conducts Situation and Context analysis for any project, program or initiative. The analysis will address at a minimum the political, economical, social, technological, legal, environmental, gender, inclusion (Leave No One Behind), and social protection (Do No Harm) aspects related to a project, program or initiative.


Stakeholder Analysis

Working together with a range of different stakeholders can be challenging. This is because each stakeholder has its own motivations, interests and capacities to exert influence over a project or a sector policy. QOEN Consulting supports you with in-depth stakeholder analysis and provides recommendations for futher actions.


Theory of Change

The Theory of Change approach has emerged during the past 10 years. It is a tool that develops a model of the changes in society that we like and love to see. Based on this model we can plan our development interventions. QOEN Consulting supports agencies with the development, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of their Theory of Change.


Sustainability Planning

Many projects and programs face difficulty in planning for the longer term adoption and embedding of development results into the communities we serve. QOEN Consulting supports development actors with specific planning steps to ensure that the project/program results will continue beyond the duration of the project.


Indicator Development

Are you struggling with providing evidence that your project program has achieved great results? Do you find it difficult to tell the stories generated by your projects/programs? A good set of qualitative and quantitative indicators, coupled with strong data collection methods and activities, are essential to adequately monitor your progress. QOEN Consulting supports with the development of indicators and monitoring systems.


Outcome Mapping

Outcome Mapping is a 12 step approach that aims to bring about "real and tangible change". It has been developed as an alternative to Theory of Change, and is particularly important for projects/programmes  relating to research communication, policy influencing, and behavior change of target groups. It is an alternative approach that plans and monitors the behavioral changes of the partners your project works with directly. Outcome mapping uses outcome journaling to collect data and monitor progress. QOEN Consulting provides technical support and training in outcome mapping approaches.



Independent baseline assessments determine a starting point. Evaluations are conducted to learn how far a project/program has come in terms of development results from that starting point. They indentify key outcomes and impacts achieved, and provide lessons learned for decision making and corrective actions of projects and programs. QOEN Consulting conducts baseline assessments, evaluations and evaluative reviews of projects and programs against the 5 OECD/DAC criteria for evaluation.


Monitoring systems and data collection

Monitoring your activities is essential to learn how much progress a project/program is making towards its development results. Monitoring and data collection is an expensive, continuous activity, which is highly time consuming, and dependent on the chosen data collection methods, can be very costly. QOEN supports you with a cost-efficient design of your monitoring systems and data collection methods.